GENTLE CAROUSEL MINIATURE THERAPY HORSES go through at least a two year training program but there is always something new to learn.
Our charity has a one of a kind partnership with UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital in Gainesville, Florida, an acute hospital for patients who have suffered strokes, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, amputations, burns or major joint replacements.
Therapy horse Sweetheart practices her "stand-stay" before walking into a hospital room.
Therapy horse Little Prince practices in the Mobility Garden.
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The therapy horses team with occupational, speech and physical therapists to work with patients. Their work may be as simple as inspiring a patient in the therapy gym to reach out an arm for the first time or to walk with patients who are learning how to use adaptive equipment like walkers and wheelchairs. They can even demonstrate rehab training stairs and ramps.
The younger therapy horses become accustomed to the sights and sounds of a hospital by working in an actual hospital setting. They practice riding up and down elevators, carefully moving around hospital equipment and use the mobility garden to learn to walk on different surfaces.